Avoid holiday brain drain at the Discovery Center

Staff Report

The kids will soon be out of school for their winter break. But that doesn’t mean it’s ’tis the season for kids to be without reason! The holidays are a great time to exercise the mind.

Rockford’s Discovery Center provides the perfect holiday mix … family fun, physical activity and even a little science! And Dec. 26-30, Discovery Center will be celebrating winter with extra fun during its Wacky Winter Workshops.

With more than 250 hands-on exhibits, holiday planetarium shows, special craft activities and live science demonstrations during the holidays, kids and adults will have fun and maybe even learn a little something about science.

The extra activities will take place 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Wacky Winter Workshop activities are included with admission to the museum. Planetarium shows are $1 for the general public and 50 cents for Discovery Center members. The Build It! Make It! exhibit will also be open through Jan. 5 and is free for members and just $2 for the public.

Discovery Center will be open until 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, regular hours (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, but closed Christmas Day.

Discovery Center Museum is a nonprofit organization providing hands-on math, science and art experiences for all ages with more than 250 hands-on exhibits, planetarium, special area for children younger than 5, and an outdoor science park.

Discovery Center is rated the No. 4 children’s museum in the nation by Child magazine and one of the top 12 children’s museums in the nation by Forbes.com. The museum is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. General admission is $8 adults, $8 children (ages 2-17) and free to museum members and children age 1 and younger. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Call (815) 963-6769.

From the Dec. 25-31, 2013, issue

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